Archive for the ‘Then/Now’ Category

Then/Now: The relaxed cravat

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Left:  Portrait of Daniel la Motte of Baltimore, Tomas Sully 1812-1813. Via Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Right: Menswear, 2011.  Jean Paul Gaultier.

Then/Now: Cotton & Linen Blazers

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Left: Sonny Crocket (Don Johnson) in Miami Vice, 1984-1985.

Right: Kenneth Cole New York Blazer, Macys.

Left: Sonny Crocket (Don Johnson) in Miami Vice, 1984-1985.

Right:  Tallia ORANGE Sport Coat, Macys.

What can I say, I am obsessed.

Then/Now: Floral Shirtdress

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Left: Rayon dress, Banana Republic.  Troy Word for New York Magazine, March 1, 1993.

Right: Breezewood Dress, Mink Pink.  Via Modcloth.

Then/Now: Sheer Pants

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Left: Marc Jacobs S2008RTW, via  September 10, 2007.  Prada S2008RTW, via  September 25, 2007.

Right: Alexander Wang S2010RTW, via September 12, 2009. Valentino S2010RTW, via October 6, 2009.

Now, for Then/Now posts I normally just like to let you make your own observation/inferences, without me being like, LOOKIT.  But this isn’t so much a case of “everything old is new again” as “hey, ‘sheer pants runway‘ is actually a great search term and maybe let’s examine how it did two or three years ago before postulating the lifespan and plausibility of this ‘trend’.”

The see-through separate–spotted at Prada, Costume National, among others–works with spring’s pajama-party look as well as the ‘80s trend, but the jury’s still out if these will work for normal women (will something that emphasizes rather than streamline the leg really flatter everyone?) or if they’ll just be a fantastic accoutrement for magazine shoots and adventurous red-carpet types.
Glam Chic.  October 4, 2007.

But when it comes to pants, we have a feeling that the only ones that should be wearing them see-through style are belly dancers and fire eaters. But Alexander Wang and Valentino both showed barely there pants this year, and a quick scan of our favorite e-commerce shops show that they’re is being stocked in stores. Should we be equal-opportunists when it comes to all things sheer?
Refinery 29. June 1, 2010.

Then/Now: Socks & Heels

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Left: Teenage girl wearing ankle socks and high heeled shoes.  Nina Leen, December 1944. Via Life’s archives on Google.

Right: Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready to Wear.  Via

(though it’s being treated as a new trend, socks and heels have been noted on catwalks since the Spring/Summer 2008 show, at least)

Then/Now: Nuns

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Left: Model Agneta Bylander in a Paris fashion show.  Bill Ray, 1968. Via Life’s archives on Google.

Right: Hun Head, POP Magazine.  Sebastian Faena, 2000.  Via Haute Macabre (NSFW).

Then/Now: Microshorts

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Left: Female short pants.  Allen Grant, probably ’50s, ’60s. Via Life’s archives on Google.

Right: Lindsey Schickner, for the Stylelist.  Jolie Novak for AOL, 2010.  Via the Stylelist, ‘Testing the Pantsless Trend in New York City‘.

(According to Life magazine, short shorts became “permanent in U.S. scene” in 1956).